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Written by: FrontPageAfrica
Liberia Records Highest Number of Daily Covid-19 Infections in West Africa
Monrovia — Liberia is now reporting the highest daily number of covid-19 cases in West Africa, FrontPageAfrica has gathered from a source familiar with the ECOWAS coronavirus briefing. On Saturday, June 19, Liberia had reported 52 new cases of the covid-19. The day before, the country had recorded 161 new cases. The ECOWAS briefing reveals that cases are now spread across several parts of the country with Montserrado County reporting the highest number. “Every part of Montserrado now is a hotspot. The map was really scary – dotted all over, representing cases across Montserrado. Unlike before, a lot of young people are getting infected. And the designated center for treatment, Star Base, has run out of beds,” the source disclosed to FrontPageAfrica.
Speculation of the Delta Variant of the covid-19 in Liberia has not been confirmed, however, the UK variant is confirmed to be in Liberia. There are fears among public health practitioners that it is just a matter of time before Liberia records all variants in the country. The symptoms of the new variant in country include: itchy throat, dry throat, dry cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, loss of smell, aches and pains, conjunctivitis, rash on the skin and diarrhea. Test Results Not Forthcoming Several citizens who have taken the COVID-19 test in Monrovia lament that the national laboratory controlled by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia in most cases does not release their results in the 72-hour time frame. FrontPageAfrica, however, gathered that the laboratory is under-staffed, putting a toll of load on the limited staff available. This usually leads to the misplacement of samples and slow the pace at which results are to be given. But the Communications Director of NPHIL, Mr. Joseph Wiah, told FrontPageAfrica that at times, the technicians at the lab will have to rerun the tests when the results are not satisfactory upon the first test. Since the announcement of the increase in the number of cases, there have been a big rush to health facilities for the covid vaccine. On Monday, a local entrepreneur, Mr. Mahmud Johnson, expressed his frustration over the lack of availability of the vaccine at various health facilities except for the Ministry of Health. He wrote: “In the past day, I have gone to several health facilities in Montserrdo to get the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but each of them told me one thing – ‘Go to MOH’! Yes, the government is demanding everyone in Montserrado County to go the MOH to get vaccinated to and in the same breath they are warning citizens to avoid crowded places. What the heck they think would happen if everyone converges at a single point? Overcrowding… “